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The Arctic Circle's Coolest Accommodations Turn 25 Years Old

2 hours 5 min ago

The Icehotel in Sweden, built in winter and vanishing in spring, is the original hotel carved from snow and ice bricks. It's also an art project; sculptors compete for the chance to carve out rooms.

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NBC's 'Parenthood' Ends As A Family Drama Built On Small Moments

2 hours 15 min ago

NBC's Parenthood airs its final episode, wrapping after six seasons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.

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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

5 hours 4 min ago

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

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Low-Key, Real Life Heroism In 'March: Book Two'

9 hours 22 min ago

Congressman John Lewis continues his graphic memoir series about the civil rights movement in March: Book Two, and he isn't afraid to humble the famous and focus on those history often overlooks.

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A Haunting, Victorian-Inflected Dystopia In 'The Mime Order'

12 hours 22 min ago

Samantha Shannon's richly detailed followup to The Bone Season picks up with clairvoyant heroine Paige on the run after leading a revolt against the alien oppressors of her far-future England.

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'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:35pm

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.

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In 'The Americans,' Art Imitates Real Life Lies

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:26pm

Robert Siegel talks to Joe Weisberg, creator of the FX television series, The Americans, about the similarities between his show and recent real-life spy-related events in New York and Argentina.

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Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:37pm

The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:03pm

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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If You've Gotta Reboot 'Ghostbusters,' At Least Do It With This Cast

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:27am

The announcement of the new Ghostbusters cast went over like ... well, gangbusters.

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Smithsonian In Talks Over London Outpost — Its First Overseas

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:57am

If negotiations are successful, the Smithsonian would join other attractions at the site of London's Olympic Park.

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'How To Grow Up' Needs To Grow Up

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:03am

Poet, novelist, memoirist and queer icon Michelle Tea makes a rare misstep in How To Grow Up, an essay collection that reviewer Michael Schaub calls "a well-intentioned, exasperating mess of a book."

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After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye'

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 3:34pm

Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother's family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief.

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Watch 'Bob's Burgers'? Now You Can Eat Them, Too

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 3:23pm

What happens when you try to make a burger out of a pun? One blog, two years, and dozens of recipes later, millions of fans can now cook up their very own Bob's burgers.

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'Mr. Mac' Paints Flowers In A Darkening World

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:03am

Esther Freud's new novel Mr. Mac and Me traces an unlikely friendship between a lonely boy and a struggling artist. Reviewer Heller McAlpin calls says the book has both technical prowess and grace.

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'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:39am

Critic Kenneth Turan says Going Clear and The Hunting Ground are among the films that "blew people away" at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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New Technology Immerses Audiences At Sundance Film Festival

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 3:00pm

From flying like a bird to walking through a refugee camp in Syria, virtual reality has enabled journalists, filmmakers and artists to immerse their audience in their stories like never before.

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It'd Be No 'Folly' To Remake This Musical Classic

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 2:51pm

Now that the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods has made more than $100 million dollars at the box office in just three weeks, NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello has a modest musical proposal.

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Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 2:23pm

Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.

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'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:14pm

In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.

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